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Erykah Badu Pleaded Not Guilty of Controversial Video

April 30, 2010 09:32:36 GMT

Charged for going nude in public for the shooting of 'Window Seat', the singer is adamant she does nothing wrong and enters non guilty plea.


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Erykah Badu has pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after a female bystander made an official complaint about the singer's public nudity during a controversial video shoot.

The R&B star performed a full striptease in front of stunned strangers as she walked along Dealey Plaza, a tourist hotspot in Dallas, Texas where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The footage appears in her new Window Seat promo.

One woman who watched Badu bare all complained to cops, and Dallas police officials charged the star with disorderly conduct. But Badu is adamant she didn't do anything wrong and entered a plea of not guilty in court on Wednesday, April 28, according to the Dallas Morning News.

If convicted, Badu faces a fine of up to $500.


 




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posted by freja on Jun 09, 2010
people that called what mz. badu did a 'striptease' are exactly who she was making a point about in her video. "They play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they do not understand...... Afraid to respect the individual" i say mz badu is amazing, always has been and is an inspiration. never change girl because it is strong women like YOU who give the rest of us the courage to stand up, be ourselves and make a change.
posted by Chance on May 05, 2010
The video wasn't a "Strip tease". There was absolutely nothing sexual it. Not to mention the "stunned strangers" in the video weren't even that stunned. In fact, nobody called the police, nor did anybody complain to any other officials. Not until 20 days after the video was filmed. The mother who called in complained that her 9 year old daughter saw the filming of the video. In an interview with Ida Espinosa and her daughter, Kayleigh Espinosa (in which fox news says the date of filming was March 17, five days later than the actual event), Kayleigh sounds like she is like any other 9 year old. Picking up views expressed by their parents. “I'm little and we shouldn't be seeing this”. I'm sorry, but most children do not use the fact that they are children as an excuse for something like this. In the video, the girl claimed to be Kayleigh (in the pink jersey), only briefly glances at Badu, then goes about her normal business. No outrage, no disgust. Which is how 9 year olds usually express those feelings. At this time, There is no nudity. Badu is wearing a bra and full length pants. By the time Badu removes her pants, she is 23 steps away. She was in what is equivalent to a swimsuit, and many times, more. Kayleigh saw less than what she sees on the covers of the magazines on the stands at supermarkets. When she removes her bra, she is approximately 67 steps away, almost too far to tell anyway. By the time she is truly nude, she is approximately 82 steps away. Another two steps and she's on the ground. Hardly close enough to “traumatize” anyone except an over-sensitized adult. For those who want to know distances, assuming Badu's stride is below average (giving a very safe estimate), this would be: 46 feet for the pants, 134 feet for the bra, and 164 feet for the underwear (without which she only covered close to 4 feet). The video is absolutely relevant to Badu's message too: “They play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel most comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow. They are us. This is what we have become. Afraid to respect the individual. A single person within a circumstance can move one to change. To love ourself. To evolve" (Badu “Window Seat”) With this, Badu is saying that people are afraid to do something others aren't doing. We are afraid to show our strengths, afraid to show our weaknesses, afraid to try anything new. We learn this early on. We learn to not do too well in school, to not have a good vocabulary, to not be too nice, to not do anything that sets us apart from the group. For good reason too. When we do, we are assassinated... which is exactly what is happening to Badu now.
posted by Sanman on May 04, 2010
I watched the video, and there was no conduct that was disorderly. Notice the police can't charge her with "nudity", since simply being naked isn't illegal, the charges always include some trumped up line about disturbing the peace or disorderly conduct. I hope she wins her case.
posted by sara on May 03, 2010
It's time to turn your life skin-side out (Naturistmingle)

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